Weekly Weight:

The Scale: July 30th, 2021

Yesterday around 9 am someone one driving a backhoe took out two bundles of fiber optics in my area. So we have been without internet since then. In addition atms and credit card readers haven’t been functioning either. I am just glad that I did not need to get gas today as things have been a little unsettled. Still we move on…

This week was all about traffic and heat management.  The heat reached brutal temperatures this week.  Anything growing is now crispy and brown.  I water my plants just as the sun is going down to give them a fighting chance of absorbing some water before the sun broils it away.  Even then my garden plants has polka dotted leaves because the dew condenses on them and then before it has a chance to be absorbed the sun comes up and uses the droplets as magnifiers to burn the leaves below. 

It’s like plant torture.

Nature.  She is brutal.

So even if I were still walking outside, this week was definitely a no go for the walking trail.  I don’t know if my skin is considered more delicate than the plat leaves in my garden, but I do know I have the ability to take me and the sweat droplets the sun could possibly magnify on my skin inside.

So I do.

And I think I have found a way around the massive construction projects in my area so the drive is not sucking up massive amounts of time. 

If only Spectrum could get itself in gear and not cut my internet connection for long stretches of time, things would be going pretty well.  Despite it being the time of month where bloated and crampy are my bywords, I managed to get my workouts in and am chipping off a little bit more of the weight I am carrying.  Slowly I am edging into the land of the healthy weight.  It is a long journey, but my feet are still on the path so that is a very good thing.  Admittedly, losing another pound feels pretty good too.

The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s Weight: 219.6 lbs

This Week’s Weight: 218.4 lbs

Lost this week: 1.2 lbs

Lost thus far: 27.6 lbs

And so that is it for my weekly check in for my weight loss journey.  I don’t know how useful this is to those reading this post, but for me posting this and requiring myself to sit down and think about what I did during the week, how I feel about it and seeing the effects as the weight ships off slowly really helps me out.  It keeps me on track more than you will ever know and I really appreciate you being a part of that.  So thanks and have a great Friday.

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Weekly Weight: 219.6 lbs

The Scale: July 23rd, 2021

This week the weight loss continues so I am thrilled to see the numbers decreasing again. That is always a good feeling on a Friday morning. So I am pleased with the results.

Because my walks on the walking trail were adding far too much sun on my skin for my liking, I decided to expand my gym time. Instead of going just three times a week I made it to the gym all five days this work week. I did my regular weight training only on the three days and then just used the treadmill only on the days between.

While the exercise paid off I computed my schedule without thinking about the fact that it is apparently construction season. I’m guessing that in addition to the projects that were already scheduled for this summer, they are trying to catch up on projects they had to postpone last summer. I say that like I think there is one person doing projects, however it seems there are quite a fe private entities joining the public construction frenzy.

Roads are being repaired, buildings renovated and even an entirely new subdivision is being installed. I think the airport is even expanding. It looks like the shipping rather than the passenger’s section,. but it still counts as expansion.

All of which means that my typically eighteen minute drive to the gym tends to be anything but eighteen minutes. I spent this week trying to figure out different routes and driving times. I think I might have found the combination that will ease the drive time down so it doesn’t swallow as large a chunk of my day as planned. Yesterday I ended up with a forty five minute drive each way which was the worst for the week.

But hopefully next week I can get out of the house a little earlier and at least beat construction one way and then use the shortest rout possible back, which should help keep things in check.

You know, when I started working out and began my weightloss journey I thought that controlling my cravings and convincing my body to actually do the workouts would be the hardest part. Honestly time has proven to be the biggest consideration. I don’t know how many of those reading this and following along are on their own journey to a healthier self, but if you are, take a few moments to think about time when putting together your plan. Trust me, you will thank me later.

Luckily most of the construction near me looks set to be complete by the end of August, so it is a temporary inconvenience. And i greatly appreciate you letting me whine about it a bit. I’ll let it go, I just had to vent for a minute. Now I feel better.

So, To the Stats!

The Stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

This week’s weight: 219.6 lbs

This week’s loss: 1.6 lbs

Lost thus far: 26.4 lbs

Over all i am quite pleased with my week. This is the second week in a row where I have surpassed my one pound a week goal, so i am absolutely thrilled with the results.Hopefully I can continue in this track and by the time the weather changes in the fall I can do a mighty purge of the closet as I change the wardrobe over for the seasons. While I am hoping it will lead to a fall/winter shopping spree, and I do have my eye on several items, I also have a drawer of clothing Items I loved, are still in good condition, but no longer fit me. I am hoping that by the time the seasons change, I can open the drawer and shop that stash before I actually purchase anything new. while regular shopping is exciting, I think being able to pull something from that drawer might actually be more exciting for me.

Plus it frees up space, reuses existing items, and saves money. And if I save money I can put it towards a new pair of heels. Or really any new pair of shoes that aren’t actually sneakers for working out. Wouldn’t that be nice?

The Daily: July 22nd, 2021

Ah Thursday, so close to the weekend that I can practically smell my Friday Face Mask. this week has been interesting as I try to adjust my schedule. I’m still fighting to meet a deadline, but because walking outside put ay too much sun on my skin, I have been trying to go to the gym on even off gym days so i could use the treadmill instead of the walking trail.

I actually made it this week (admittedly I had to cut yesterday’s short as there were no machines available). I managed to get the walks in and my skin is feeling the relief of less sun beating upon it. I think if i weren’t doing gardening as well as walking on the walking trail it wouldn’t be as bad. But both at this time of year is no good.

The issue is oddly enough proving to be drive time. It is usually about a fifteen minute drive each way to and from the gym. To be specific it is almost always eighteen minutes. However, I don’t know if projects were delayed duing lock down or what but it seems like half of the city is currently under construction. We have not only new housing complexes going up but entirely new on-ramps onto the highway.

So now depending on what gets in my path, my trip to the gym lasts anywhere from twenty-five to forty minutes. I know in the grand scheme of things that isn’t bad, but it is requiring a bit of shifting. I think a lot of projects are hustling to get completed before the fall and new school season starts. I know one of the buildings going up is for some sort of distance learning program. They have signs to call for enrollment starting this autumn.

Hopefully that means that traffic will be a little more rational in a few weeks. I know it has taken a toll on the posting schedule and hopefully that will go back to my normal postings soon.

Today was a bad traffic day. There was no makeup today. I am very glad I slipped a spray can of the Avene Thermal Water Spray into my gym bag though. I have an older vehicle and I tend to use the window open method of cooling rather than the air conditioner. It is fine until I am stuck in traffic. The Avene Thermal water was instant cool in a can. Just having it to spray on me while at a stand still was amazing. even if you aren’t stuck in traffic, I recommend carrying a spray bottle of thermal water in the summertime. You can get a travel size. I prefere Avene because I like the minerals in the brand’s water, but there are many brands out there that are good as well and it can seriously help keep you from overheating if stuck in the heat.

and of course the water is good for your skin too.

And now that I have cooled down from my stint in trafic, it is back to work for me. I hope the rest of your Thursday is absolutely fabulous.

Avene USA

Weekly Weight: 221.2 lbs

The Scale: July 16th, 2021

Good morning my darlings. It is once again time for reckoning. That’s right. Time to step on the scale and see if the week’s efforts have translated into weight lost. This week it seems it has.

Which makes all of the sweat worth it.

Although I believe I am going to start sweating more in the gym than on the walking trail At least for the next few months. I took way too much sun this week and it is just not good for my skin. we’ve reached the point in the summer where outside for long stretches is just not a great idea. Especially since I am still working in the garden as well. While summer veg is slow to come in, the time has now arrived for preparing for the fall plantings. Most of these are things that will be harvested after we have a bit of cold to hit the plants. Brussels Sprouts, rutabagas, that sort of thing. And even though the tomatoes are still green for the most part, it is time to prepare the autumn planting beds.

So my time outside will be spent more in the garden than the walking trail. At least until the heat breaks. So I suppose I’ll just be observing a different sort of wild life for a bit. Gymicous Humanicus.

I am pleased with my meal plans as they stand. Now that I am back on solid foods. I am still eating my Smoothies from Smoothie Box but they are no longer replacing 90% of my meals. This morning I went with the Berry Smoothie. It has Blueberries, strawberries and beets in it. Don’t let the beets scare you though. It gives a bit of earthiness to the mix and keeps it from being desert level sweet. They have a deal going for 10% off your first box with code SAS10 if you are interested in giving them a try.

And as much as I love them I am very happy to have my jaw healed enough to return to solid food. Oddly enough Salads are still hit or miss because of all of the chewing. But at this time of year we also eat fish at least once a week. Tonight I’m making salmon with a spicy maple glaze and serving it with fresh peas and couscous. The salmon is sustainable fish from Vital Choice (a great source if you don’t have a good fishmonger near you, personally my grocery store fish counter always smells a little too fishy for me to trust. Oh and at the moment Vital choice has their limited Edition Grill box out. They always sell out really fast. I t is a fantastic deal on a great quality product.). For the spicy maple I take some maple and put it in a jar with some chili flakes so that it sort of infuses a bit and so that the chili flakes are a bit saturated with the maple. That way they have a coating and caramelize with the maple instead of turning into dry little bits.

I am especially proud of the peas. Because of the cold spring, we just harvested the last of our spring peas. I have an absolute weakness for fresh peas. And this is the last of the year. I’ll add a little fish stock and a few bits of preserved lemon to the couscous, but it is mostly about the peas and salmon tonight.

My babydoll likes a big hunk of meat as a special friday treat but I’ve recently realized that as long as he has a large block of something meaty I can substitute fish for a few of the meals and he is okay with that. It keeps Friday feeling special without needing beef. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but in the summer time I tend to find it less desirable than I do in the winter. My food cravings tend to be very seasonal. In the autumn I will start craving mushrooms. In the winter I will want beef, in the spring I will gorge on asparagus all season long and in the summer I want light crisp salads and fish. Lots of fish.

I’m sure it is some ancestral throw back, but at least my babydoll is on board. It has taken time though. For years he believed that if there wasn’t beef at dinner it didn’t count as a meal. Now we have three vegetarian nights a week.

But I suppose that is the long way round to say that my diet and exercise were going the way I intended this week. I was just distracted by dinner plans.

To the Stats!

Starting weight: 246.0 lbs

Last week’s weight: 222.6 lbs

This week’s weight: 221.2 lbs

Lost this week: 1.4 lbs

Lost thus far: 24.8 lbs

So slowly but surely we creep back towards a healthy zone. While I have no plans to ever get into a bikini, I do want my weight to be in a healthier range, for my joints and heart if nothing else. I would also like to be able to have a wider selection of clothing to choose from. There are some clothes I adore that simply aren’t produced in my current size. I know, that part is shallow, but we all have at least one shallow side. And it is a distant third reason well behind the heart and joints, so I don’t feel too bad about it.

but for now i must leave you and get on with my day. I hope your Friday shapes up to be absolutely fantastic.

Weekly Weight: 222.6 lbs

The Scale: July 9th, 2021

I knew that this week wasn’t going to be a big loss. Last week was a three pound loss mostly because I ate very little due to my mouth still hurting. This week I went back to eating normal meals and regular exercise. I am actually pleased that the weight went up by less than a pound though. That means that the three pound loss wasn’t just a temporary thing.

I was quite happy with this week. While much of my schedule was completely cracked by computer issues and an onslaught of phone calls, my fitness plan stayed more or less on track. Its kind of nice to know that even when things go haywire, I can still maintain my plan.

It makes me feel like I have some sort of control over things at least.

Well control over one aspect anyway.

But as I said, my food is back to normal, or mostly normal. I still find myself being cautious when eating, but I’m sure that will fade. Tonight there will be no happy hour again, but this should be the last week we skip it. Next week it will reappear and food and drink will resume. I take the last of the antibiotics the oral surgeon gave me tonight and once the last pill is swallowed, my world can right itself again.

Or at least fall back into predictable patterns. For now, I am continuing my fitness plan and feeling really good about it.

The stats:

Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs

Last Week’s Weight: 222.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 222.6 lbs

Change this week: + 0.6 lbs

Weight lost this far: 23.4 lbs

So even though this wasn’t a loss this week, I am feeling pretty good. I knew I would go up a little when I went from yogurt and smoothies back to eating actual meals, but at least the weight wasn’t a lot. Although I am still drinking the Smoothies. Just not at every meal. I am currently in love with the Clementine Smoothies actually. They are sweet and citrusy but they have a kick of ginger which I really like.

They are always running some kind of deal. I think the one they have now is that you get five free Cacao Smoothies with your first Smoothie Box. Those are my babydoll’s favorite and I always get them for him. Admittedly he has started referring to them as ‘Milkshakes’.

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Weekly Weight: 222 Lbs

The Scale, July 2nd, 2021

Good morning my darlings and welcome back to the weekly weigh in. This was an interesting week for me. Nothing was really normal. Last Friday I had Dental surgery so this week was mostly spent in recovery. Instead of cooking I went with a lot of Smoothies and yogurt. The Smoothie Box was actually my saving graze. I picked up a variety pack and used them as meal replacements for a lot of meals. They were quick, easy, tasty, and premeasured so I knew the calorie count.

To be honest this week, at least in the early part of the week I had to actually force myself to eat even when i didn’t want to so that I could get the calories I actually needed in. It was one of the few times in my life where I actually had to talk myself into eating. One of my weight issues is that I really like food and needed to reign in my portion sizes. Having to convince myself to eat was a new experience.

While I did manage a few walks and a killer bike ride this week, I suspect that the sore mouth had a lot to do with this week’s weight loss. There were several days I struggled to meet my bare minimum in calories. Which is clearly not sustainable. Now that I am back to eating solid food with no pain, I expect that there might be a little bit of jump in weight. At least in the next couple of days. I am deliberately not getting on the scale until next Friday though. I think there will be an immediate jump (even if it is a small one) and then it will go back down as I get back into my regular exercise next week.

Because next week it is back to the gym and my normal plan. If I don’t see that little jump I expect is coming, then I can just think of this as the jumping off place and work hard to keep my weight loss momentum going. While this sort of thing will always be in the back of my mind, at the moment i am just glad the surgery is over and I don’t have to worry about it. The scale may only show a slight drop, but the lack of worry shed at least fifty pounds from my shoulders. And I can feel that loss in several areas of my life, even if it doesn’t show on the scale.

It doesn’t help that I have a deep irrational fear of the dentist and anything tooth related. while this was an oral surgeon and not my dentist, they both freak me out.

But that is another tale more suitable for a therapist’s couch. So shall we look at the stats:

Starting wright: 246.0 Lbs

Last week’s Weight: 225.0 lbs

This week’s Weight: 222 Lbs

Weight lost this week: 3 lbs

Total weight lost thus far: 24 lbs

And so Friday begins. I feel good, better than good actually. The pain is gone and with it went all the multiple layers of stress. long with three pounds. Not a bad way to wind down the week actually.

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Weekly Weight: 225.0 lbs

The Scale, June 24th, 2021

It is time to get back to the scale. And for those of you who remember my last scale post six weeks ago, yes, I did gain weight. he last three weeks have been immensely stressful and there was a lot of comfort food. I knew that despite actually maintaining my workout, I was just not eating right so I kind of suspected it was coming.

I am not going to get upset or wallow, I am just going to accept and more on. Because quite frankly that is all you can do in this life. My weight has been up and down a lot but the overall trend has been downwards.

While this Sunday is my birthday and all sorts to treats were planned, the treats were sort of derailed. This post is actually coming a day early, because tomorrow I have dental surgery. I wanted to weigh in today because tomorrow I will not be able to eat anything prior to my surgery and then I suspect the next few days will be full of food chosen because they have no sharp edges and require little effort to consume.

I have yogurt and a freezer full of smoothies to be honest.

hile it won’t be my normal meal plan, I will at least know exactly how many calories are being consumed as the labels are clear. And then I will be going back to my normal menu plan with counted calories after the healing has begun.

It also helps that we are now in the time of year where the heat makes eating a lot a bit problematic. The extra calorie consumption in the summer tends to come from beverages rather than food. It is high caloric cold drinks that I have to worry about. Although I have been doing well eliminating them from my diet in general so summertime usually sees me do well with the weight loss. Once my surgery is finished, my stress level will plummet. All of the family drama was settled before my issues cropped up so hopefully this means a nice calm patch.

At least i have my fingers crossed that we are sailing into calm waters.

Or at least calmer waters.

So this is the start of the return of the scale. Clearly I still need it to keep myself in check, although I really did enjoy my break from it. I believe that i will still be taking periodic breaks from the scale, regardless of the gaining possibilities as it makes me think more about my body and how I feel. I learned a bit about myself by stepping away from the scale. I learned that exercise has now become something my body is routinely used to getting and feels kind of off when I skip. I also learned that I can’t eat like I used to. Many of the comfort foods I made in the past month were old standards that used to feature on my meal plans routinely. I hadn’t made most of them in a while and while mentally comforting, my belly was not overly happy with the food anymore. my habits and internal rhythms have changed.

I think the biggest thing that i learned is that while I really do use the scale as a tool to keep me on track, I am not dependant on it. I was worried that I was starting to obsess about the numbers it reflected and was fixated about reaching a number goal in my head. The truth is, while I will always have a love hate relationship with the scale, I am not dominated by the numbers it reflects.

It sounds like a little thing, but for me, that is kind of a big deal to know.

So without further ado, The Stats:

Starting weight: 246.0 Lbs

Current Weight: 225.0 lbs

Weight lost thus far: 21 lbs

Clearly, the journey continues.

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Weekly weight: Measurements Week 6 of 6

Weekly Weight Measurements Week 6

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

Despite everything it looks like I am down about half an inch over all this week.  Which is nice to see.  Especially since there were several weeks with nothing at all changing.  So that is nice to see. 

It is also nice to have some positive news for the moment.  If you caught yesterday’s daily post, I had a dental emergency this week.  I have to admit, I am one of those people who is scared of the dentist.  I know there is no real reason why.  My dentist is a lovely man.  Quite nice.  Personable. Friendly.

Yet the angst that fills me even hearing his name is just incredible.

Add dental surgeon to the mix really just ratchets that up a notch.  However yesterday’s visit was unavoidable.  It was my first time meeting the oral surgeon.  I was very angsty going in but he was very nice.  I am pretty sure he uses botox and spends a little too much time in a tanning bed. I know I have several friends who I could say the same about, but it always seems strange to see these  things in a doctor.  Oddly enough wondering about why I find them strange in a doctor helped calm me down a little. 

Of course his over use of the word cutting ratcheted them back up again.

In case you are wondering I am having the shattered remains of the tooth removed and an implant put in. The surgery is next Friday so there isn’t too long of a wait and then I have three months to heal before the final implant can be inserted. It should be fine but The surgery is the 25th and my birthday is the 27th so there will be a decided lack of celebration for my Birthday weekend. Things have been reshuffled.  Eventually there will be a dinner out and maybe even ice cream, but not the weekend of my actual birthday.  While ice cream is soft, it is also really cold.  I foresee large amounts of yogurt and smoothies in my near future.  In fact after the consult with the oral surgeon yesterday I placed an order with Smoothie box to stock up. I suspect they will be my friend for a while. 

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If nothing else it will make my calories really easy to count.  As this is the end of the six weeks of no scale my scale will return sometime this coming week and I will officially weigh in on the 25th.  To be honest, I have no idea what is going to be going on with my weight for the next few weeks.  It is something I will have to play by ear.  I just really can’t tell what is going to happen with what I eat or how much I am able to workout.  It will definitely be a learning experience. 

But as things stand now…

Starting Measurements: Bust: 49.5“, Waist: 47“, Hips: 49”

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 6: Bust: 46”, Waist: 45.5”, Hips: 47”

During the six weeks of no scale there were frustrations as I longed for a scale to let me know how I was doing, whether well or poorly. I had no knowledge of what to expect with the measurements which was both good and bad.  At first I was a bit lost, but I have to say I kind of liked paying attention to my body rather than the scale.  I didn’t actually need a number when my belly felt overly stuffed with comfort food and I felt lethargic from skipping my workouts.  I knew the number would have gone up had I seen it.  I like to think that when I felt good about myself after workouts that my weight would have gone down.  While I think I will probably go back to using the scale, I think that I might build in periodic times where I just take measurements instead of getting on the scale.  I think the breaks from the scale really are good for me just getting in tune with my body and taking a little while to just listen to it.  With the upcoming dental surgery I have no idea what to expect so I am going to use the scale to monitor what is going on just so I don’t worry about it. But I strongly suspect that there will come a point where I need to step away from the scale for a bit. It was a good lesson for me to learn.

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Weekly Weight: Measurements Week 5 of 6

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Yeah this week was a little hit and miss with exercises.  I made it to the gym on Monday, but then everything more or less fell apart. With good news from Mom, the stress has eased, but I’ll be honest, I missed more workouts than I made and I ate more comfort food than healthy meals.

It was not my best week. 

However, my measurements stayed the same.  I am not really sure how that happened. But then again I am not really sure how fast inches are lost or gained.  I actually tried looking it up but there really isn’t a reliable ‘how many pounds equals one inch’ because bodies are so different. 

There is a part of me that likes the fact that even in weight ain/los we are each individual snowflakes.

Its also super frustrating when i want concrete answers, but it is nice too.

I will say I felt a little blah without the exercises though.  I think that if I were to go and do a workout I would feel better.  I don’t really enjoy the workouts.  In fact while I am doing them, I kind of hate them.  I suspect that those who design weigh machines really want to design torture devices and are saddened by the fall of the Spanish Inquisition.

And there are so many more things I would rather spend my time doing. 

It seems like there are never enough hours in the day.

However, after the workout once I’ve cleaned up and showered and no longer feel gross, I feel energized.  Which I suppose means they are working.  Or at least getting my blood flowing. Which I’m sure is good for me. So I suppose when I am stressed I should in theory work out more instead of making a large bowl of rice pudding.

The rice pudding, while delicious, didn’t really make me feel energized.  Kind of the opposite in fact.

So for now I’m letting go of the stress and the rice pudding and getting back to my exercises.  At least, I didn’t gain any inches this week.  That has to count for something right? And truthfully while I’m happy with not gaining any inches, the big win of the week is that my mother’s CT scan revealed no hidden evils and that the one issue can be dealt with and she can be soon on the mend again. 

Regardless of weights and measurements, that makes this a good week. 

Starting Measurements: Bust: 49.5“ Waist: 47“ Hips: 49”

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 5: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

So here we are holding steady at the end of week five. Next week will be the last week of just measurements and then the scale will return. I have mixed feelings, but then I always have mixed feelings about the scale. Part of me really wants to see if I did gain the weight I think i gained and part of me never wants to look at the scale again and just concentrate on getting as healthy as possible, monitoring the inches and how I feel inside my skin. I know it sounds wishy washy but I both love and hate the scale. And probably always will. There is the possibility I may bring the scale back to satisfy my curiosity and then kick it out again for a little while. I haven’t decided. Part of me really just wants to concentrate on how i feel but I do so love a good solid number to look at. we’ll see how it shakes out. Regardless of the ultimate decision, there is one more week of measurements and then the scale will return. How long it stays is up for debate, but it will return.

Weekly Weight: Measurements Week 4 of 6

Measurements: Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

I have to say even though there was no change in the measurements this week, I am not sad. In fact I am somewhat relieved. Memorial Day weekend the diet went out the window. Scratch that. Common sense and restraint went out the window.

Time was spent with friends and it was just such a relief to spend time socializing with people that no real thought went into consumption. I mindlessly grazed and paid absolutely no attention to portion size.ything tasted good but I paid no attention to calorie counting. This week, the meal plan is back in place and the calories are pre counted based on meals. I will be paying attention.

This is one of those weeks where I am relieved to not get on the scale, but not getting on the scale also ,makes me a bit nervous. After a week of indulgences, I am certain my weight went up, even if my measurements stayed the same. This is one of those times where even though i would dread getting on the scale and might yell at myself afterwards, the scale is also helpful in getting me back on track. It lets me know in hard to ignore numbers what my indulgences did to my weight loss plan.

In case you hadn’t noticed, like a lot of people I have a complicated love hate relationship with my scale. It helps me but it also makes me a bit crazy some times. I try not to dwell or become obsessive, but at times it is hard to find the right balance. Because I sent the scale away for the six weeks of measurements, I can’t sneak a peek. Which is both good and bad. It is a relief and quite frustrating all at the same time. It is a relationship I am constantly working on. Well my thoughts on how I feel about the scale and why are things I work on. The scale is an inanimate object with a heavy mental representation.

Its a work in progress.

Week 1: Bust: 48”, Waist: 47”, Hips: 48.5”

Week 2: Bust 47”, Waist: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 3: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

Week 4: Bust: 46.5”, Hips: 46”, Hips: 47.5”

So even though I can’t see what the weight is, the measurements stayed the same. In it’s own way that is a relief. And rather than argue with the tape measure, I am just going to accept this week’s numbers, make my meal plan and try to focus on my diet and exercise in the upcoming week. After all in the end, all we can do is move forward.

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